Welcome to a new intermittent King of States! series, “Things That Are Stuck in My Craw.”*
First, the Setup!
A cop pulls the trigger of his gun. The bullet that exits hits a 12-year-old boy, who later dies of his injuries. A police report helpfully explains that “bullets were fired.”
Now, the Part Where Something Gets Stuck in My Craw!
We can discuss whether the cop was justified in shooting the boy**, but please, let’s start from a place of acknowledgement that that is what happened. If you don’t think your officer has done anything wrong and has nothing to cover up, don’t use the cowardly passive voice to explain how bullets just happened to fly out of his gun — you know, the gun he was holding, and whose trigger he actively decided to pull.
He shot and killed a 12-year-old, and if that makes you uncomfortable, it should. The bullets are not the subject of this particular sentence; the bullet is not an independent actor, and its motivation is not up for debate. Look: you can clearly see my eyes, over which no wool has been pulled.
Thus ends the first installment.
(Oh, also, did I mention that the 12-year-old child was black? I know it’s shocking to think that a black youth would be the target of unjustified police violence here in the US of A, but sometimes we must confront impossible truths.)
(Also no one is shocked.)
*Yes, I do realize that the title for the entire blog could be “Things That Are Stuck in My Craw,” and that would be completely accurate.
**Okay, but really, we can’t, because: 12-year-old boy.